Jacko family £27bn legal action

Michael Jackson's family is taking the promoter of his ill-fated comeback tour to court, reportedly claiming tens of billions of dollars.

Jackson lawyers to argue AEG was criminally negligent

The civil trial against concert giant AEG will examine if it was criminally negligent in its hiring and supervision of the doctor who was found guilty of Michael Jackson's involuntary manslaughter in 2011.

Lawyers for Jackson's mother Katherine will claim that AEG controlled Dr Conrad Murray's actions and failed to properly investigate the doctor before agreeing to pay him to work as Jackson's personal doctor.

Michael Jackson with his mother Katherine Jackson Credit: Reuters

The promoter denies any wrongdoing and their attorney has said Murray was not employed by the promoter and in no way could they have foreseen that Murray was a danger to Jackson.

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Jackson family's £27bn lawsuit against promoter AEG

A £27 billion lawsuit against tour promoter AEG brought by Michael Jackson's family will begin with jury selection today.

Jackson's mother, Katherine claims that AEG negligently hired Jackson's former doctor, Conrad Murray who has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

Michael Jackson at a news conference to announce the This Is It tour in 2009
Michael Jackson at a news conference to announce the This Is It tour in 2009 Credit: Reuters

The promoter had been working on a series of Jackson comeback concerts as part of the This Is It tour in 2009 which involved a 50 date residency at London's 02 arena.

In June 2009, Jackson died at his Los Angeles home from a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol, administered by Murray.

The promoter denies any wrongdoing or responsibility for Murray's decision-making.